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| James Wilson BSc NPQH|
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| 17th century
Refounded in 1877|
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55 Palace Street
55 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5HJ, UK
Westminster City School is a Christian foundation secondary school for boys with a mixed sixth form in Westminster, London. The school has 700 pupils in the lower school with a further 120 students in the Sixth Form. It offers places each year to boys of Christian faith, other world faiths, and those of no faith. The current Headmaster is James Wilson.
The school became an academy in 2012. In January 2013, Ofsted rated it "good" in all aspects and in some ways outstanding.
Westminster City School Wikipedia
For some social and competitive purposes, pupils are grouped into "houses". The names have also been used for school buildings. They represent some of the historic charity schools in Westminster.Dacre's: Commemorating the foundation of Lady Anne Dacre, who died in 1595 and whose executors established Emanuel Hospital, incorporated by Queen Elizabeth I in 1601.
Hill: Retaining the name of the school established in 1647 by Mr Emery Hill, a churchwarden in the parish of St Margaret's, Westminster.
Kings: In 1633 Charles I granted a Charter of Incorporation for the education of poor boys and girls in Westminster which was aided annually by King Charles II.
Palmer's: Continuing the tradition of the school provided in 1645 by Revd James Palmer of the parish of St Margaret's Westminster.
St Margaret’s: Arising from the St Margaret’s Hospital, established by the churchwardens of St Margaret’s in 1624.
Waterlow: Commemorating Sir Sydney Waterlow, the Lord Mayor of London, who was elected the first Chairman of Governors in 1873 and filled his post with enthusiasm and distinction for over a quarter of a century.
140 boys are admitted in each year group, arranged in six forms. Each form is named after one of the six houses of the school and is known by the initial letter of the house name. A form tutor is assigned to each group and will have oversight of each pupil’s well-being and academic progress. The form tutor is the primary point of contact between parents and the school.
The charters and foundations of several historic charity schools were by Act of Parliament in 1873 incorporated into the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation and United Westminster Schools (UWS) Foundation. UWS comprised the Westminster City School and Emanuel School, Wandsworth; The Grey Coat Hospital Foundation comprised the Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster and Queen Anne's School, Caversham. In 1910 The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers transferred the Sutton Valence School in Kent into UWS.
The school is amalgamation of the former Brown Coat, Green Coat and Black Coat schools. Key dates in its history are:1590: Lady Dacre petitions Queen Elizabeth I for a Royal Charter for a Hospital in "this City of Westminster" and to provide “instruction of certain boys and girls"
1601: Queen Elizabeth grants Order of Incorporation for Emmanuel Hospital
1624: Green Coat School Westminster opened
1633: Charter of King Charles I for St Margaret's Hospital
1654: A hospital along with almshouses and a school is founded by Rev. James Palmer in Westminster
1671: Following a period of closure Palmer's school is reopened as The Black Coat School
1677: Bequest of benefactor Emery Hill to the Brown Coat School
1688: Blue Coat School founded
1698: Grey Coat Hospital founded
1706: Queen Anne granted a Royal Charter to Grey Coat Hospital
1728: Accommodation for children added at St. Margaret’s Hospital
1736: Brown Coat School formally opened
1847: Brown Coat school numbers increased to 60
1870: Elementary education for all provided by an Act of Parliament
1873: Following a vote in Parliament, Queen Victoria approved amalgamation under United Westminster Schools
1874: The school was formally opened.
1874: Mr Goffin appointed Head of amalgamated schools
1876: The ‘Foundation stone’ was laid in Palace Street by Sir Sydney Waterlow
1877: The new school building was opened by the Dean of Westminster, Dean Stanley.
1888: Pupil numbers increased to a maximum 850
1890: School officially named Westminster City School
1900: London County Council placed a statue of Sir Sydney in Waterlow Park.
1901: The sculptor Frank Taubman placed a copy of the statue of Sir Sydney in front of the school.
1906: First issue of School Magazine
1908: Creation of House system along with Prefects
1908: Old Westminster Citizen's Association and Football Club launched
1909: New Assembly Hall opened along with other improved accommodation
1910: Governors obtain lease of playing fields in Turney Road, Dulwich
1914–1918: School life continued although there were many fatalities amongst Old Boys
1918: Education Act gives Westminster City ‘Grammar' school status
1922: Memorial to Old Boys killed in the War opened in the vestibule
1924: Grand Pageant organised to celebrate the Jubilee of the Foundation, St. Margaret's Hospital tercentenary and the anniversary of Lady Dacre's bequest
1931: School Orchestra filmed by Pathe News and shown in cinemas across the country
1934: Mitcham pavilion opened and sports activities moved from Dulwich
1934: Number of school houses reduced from eight to four
1936: School gym opened
1937: Seven boys chosen for the Westminster Abbey choir at the Coronation of King George VI
1939: Outbreak of the Second World War – School evacuated to Tonbridge, Kent area, amalgamating with the Judd School
1940: Westminster City School badly damaged in an air raid. The school suffered bomb damage to its building in Palace Street during the Blitz.
1944: School moved from Tonbridge to Exmouth
1945: With the end of the War, School re-assembles in Westminster with numbers now down to 350
1949: Inspectors praised academic achievements but were disturbed by the condition of the bomb battered building
1951: Appointment of Mr. R Fern as Headmaster and GCE Ordinary Levels (O Levels) and GCE Advanced Levels (A Levels) introduced
1953: The Choir were well represented at the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II
1957: Work commences on new laboratories over the School Hall
1958: Golden Jubilee Year of the Old Westminster Citizens’ Association and School used as a location for the film Inn of the Sixth Happiness starring Ingrid Bergman
1963: 330th anniversary of the Charles I Charter celebrated with a service at St. Margaret's church attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother who visited the school after the service
1965: University places gained reached all-time high of 48
1968: Nine Elms relocation first mooted
1970: Opening of Pimlico Comprehensive provokes fears that WCS may become redundant
1971: Nine Elms project to move the School submitted for planning consent
1973: Centenary of United Westminster Schools celebrated with a world premiére of "Westminster Psalms" by Carl Bontoft
1975: Nine Elms project abandoned. John White appointed Headmaster
1977: Westminster City School celebrates 100 years at Palace Street and becomes a four form entry mixed ability comprehensive school
1980: New squash courts get go ahead
1981: Building fund appeal launched – First School Association science evening
1983: Westminster City School and its Origins – by R.Carrington is published
1985: School play Sergeant Musgrove's Dance transfers to the Edinburgh Festival
1991: School financial pressures cause widespread redundancies and cuts
1997: School placed in Special measures
1999: School released from special measures
2001: New science block completed
2002: School presents acclaimed play on the life of Edward the Confessor at Westminster Abbey
2004: A teacher was raped by a pupil in an empty classroom after the end of classes. The student involved was sent to prison and the teacher eventually won compensatory damages and legal costs from the school.
2008: The Trouble With You Boy Is You Don’t Like Latin! A Century of History and Memories, written and compiled by Chris Hare is published
2008: Work commences on transformation of school following the 'Building Schools for the Future' bid by Westminster City Council
2009: School buildings are refurbished and new modern buildings are completed
2009: School became a Specialist Science College
2012: Secretary of State for Education approved its academy converters application.
Mr REH Goffin 1874 – 1906
Dr Stevens 1906 – 1930
Mr JC Dent 1930 – 1950
Mr RJ Fearn 1951 – 1954
Dr GR Shutt 1955 – 1966
Mr S Allder 1966 – 1972
Mr JH White 1973 – 1983
Mr D Garvie 1983 – 1988
Mr J Noakes 1988 – 1992
Mr M Billingham 1992 – 1995
Mr J Harding 1995 – 1998
Mr R Tanton 1998 – 2002
Mr D Maloney 2002 – 2013
Mr J Wilson 2014 – present
The Association of Old Boys of Westminster City School aims to keep Old Boys from around the world informed and in touch. Started in 1908, it maintains close links with the School and through its Trust Fund provides finance to support a number of activities and projects.Arran Gray Founder of the girls society for knitting tiny phallus's.
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